A few weeks back when John and I were bopping about the Provence region of southern France we paid a visit to the tiny and wildly charming hill town of Lacoste. Lacoste is picture perfect, largely thanks to the ministrations of fashion designer Pierre Cardin who has renovated much of the town, including its fabled chateau, once home to the infamous Marquis de Sade.
Lacoste boasts stunning vistas that overlook the Grand Luberon Mountains and the equally quaint village of Bonnieux that perches across the valley. The town is all windy streets and artists’ studios: The town packs in the crowds in July during the annual festival that sees performances of world-class theater, opera, and music.
The highlight of our visit was the tour of the Chateau de Lacoste, the 18th-century home of the Marquis de Sade that has been largely renovated from ruins by Pierre Cardin. The chateau boasts Cardin’s furniture collection as well as arresting metal statues of animals scattered about the ramparts. John and I adored the furnishings, and the vistas were astonishing.
Here’s a little tour!